The Iris Map THOUGHTS

BILL VIOLA EXHIBITION

A well-lit staircase in the Grand Palais in Paris leads me to a landing and a dark opening.
Passing through it, I enter a series of rooms filled with
the flickering lights of Bill Viola’s video art that he calls ‘Sculpting Time’.
As I move through them, colors pass through me.

 

The Veiling

A STRANGE UNKNOWN POWER
Translucent screens create layers through the center of the room. From one side images of a woman are projected through these layers, from the other, images of a man. Both figures appear in the night moving through darkness and light…
4 August 2014

A Portrait in Light and Heat

UNDULATING IMAGES
Gently flickering blue lights float towards me as I move into a dark room with a bench placed at a comfortable distance from a screen suspended on the wall. As I sit down, I shift into a place where time, space and perception undulate seamlessly…
4 August 2014

The Encounter

EXCHANGE
A arid, luminous landscape. Two women walking towards us, the viewers, from a great distance. A young woman on the left side of the image, an older woman on the right…
4 August 2014

The Sleep of Reason

BELOW THE SURFACE
A well-lit room…white, empty walls…then suddenly darkness and the image of an attack dog…domestic calm…a woman sleeping…then wild pursuing movements through a dark forest…calm…
4 August 2014

The Reflecting Pool

THE IN-BETWEEN
I enter a room emanating green light. A man approaches a pool in a lush forest and jumps up as if to enter the water. At the height of his leap, the image freezes. I sit down and gaze at it…
4 August 2014

Tristan’s Ascension

TRANSCENDENT VERTICALITY
A tall screen occupies a round room. At the bottom of the projected image a man lies still on a stone slab. Droplets of water begin to ascend. They gradually increase in quantity until they become an upward moving waterfall…
4 August 2014

Three Women

ALCHEMY
Three women, moving slowly together, are projected life-size in black and white on a screen at eye level. I stand in front of them. We are in the room together, though they seem far away, veiled, in their black and white world…
4 August 2014